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Badgers close out regular season with two-match homestand
UW faces conference matches against No. 13 Northwestern and No. 43 Illinois
Wisconsin (7-10, 2-7) will host its last weekend of regular season action at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium this Saturday and Sunday. The Badgers will take on No. 13 Northwestern (14-6, 8-1) at 11 a.m. (CT) on Saturday and then face No. 43 Illinois (11-9, 4-5) at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
Wisconsin has a 2-7 record in Big Ten play and needs just one more conference win to tie last year’s total of three.
Northwestern leads the all-time record against Wisconsin, 45-15. Last year, the Wildcats won 7-0 against the Badgers in Evanston, Ill.
The 12th-ranked Wildcats boast two ranked singles players: No. 34 Veronica Corning and No. 40 Belinda Niu. Northwestern also has the No. 29th-ranked doubles team of Corning and Alicia Barnett.
UW leads the all-time series against Illinois, 23-17. Last year, the Fighting Illini claimed a 5-2 victory over the Badgers in Champaign, Ill. The last time Wisconsin won against Illinois was in 2011 when the Badgers defeated the Fighting Illini, 4-3, at Nielsen.
After this weekend, the Badgers prepare for the Big Ten Tournament on April 24 in Evanston, Ill.
A Look Back
As a team, the Badgers had a rough weekend on the road but Anastasia Triposlakaya put together the best two-match stretch of her career.
Wisconsin’s only points from the weekend came from Tripolskaya. After dropping the first set, 6-3, against Catherine Parenteau of No. 60 Michigan State, Tripolskaya fought back to take the second set, 6-4. She then went on to win the third set, 1-0, in No. 3 singles.
Head coach, Tina Samara, then moved Tripolskaya up to play No. 2 singles against No. 14 Michigan. Tripolskaya went on to defeat her first ranked opponent after rallying back from another first set loss to knock off the No. 20th-ranked Ronit Yurovsky, 0-6, 7-5, 1-0.
UW first traveled to East Lansing, Mich., on Saturday to take on No. 60 Michigan State where Wisconsin fell, 6-1. The Badgers then continued to travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to face No. 14 Michigan on Sunday where UW also fell, 6-1.
Saturday afternoon, the Spartans jumped to a quick lead after gaining the doubles point against the Badgers.
In No. 2 doubles, Nova Patel and Anastasia Tripolskaya fell short, 8-3, to Julianne Gruber and Emily Meyers.
Lauren Chypyha and Lauren Burich then fell to the No. 57th-ranked doubles team of Marina Bohrer and Erin Faulkner in No. 1 doubles, 8-2.
The match at No. 3 doubles went unfinished with the Spartans, Catherine Parenteau and Athena Trouillot, leading the Badgers, Becca Bailey and Sydney Rider, 7-3.
Wisconsin's only point came from No. 3 singles where Tripolskaya dropped the first set, 6-3, but fought back to take the second set, 6-4, against Catherine Parenteau. Tripolskaya then went to win the third set, 1-0.
In No. 6 singles, Bailey fell to Athena Trouillot who added to the Spartans lead winning, 6-0, 6-1.
Shortly after, Burich was defeated by Erin Faulkner with a 6-2, 6-1 win in No. 2 singles.
Michigan State clinched the victory when Chypyha fell to No. 120th-ranked Marina Bohrer who earned the Spartans fourth point with a 6-1, 6-3 win in No. 1 singles.
At No. 4 singles, Patel fell to Emily Meyers, 6-2, 6-4. Rider also fell, 6-2, 6-4, to Olga Chernova in No. 5 singles.
On Sunday afternoon, Tripolskaya defeated her first ranked opponent after rallying back from a first set loss to knock off 20th-ranked Ronit Yurovsky, 0-6, 7-5, 1-0.
As a team however, that was the lone bright spot for the Badgers as they fell to No. 14 Michigan 6-1. The loss dropped the Badgers to 7-10 on the season with a 2-7 mark in the Big Ten Conference.
The Wolverines started off by claiming the doubles point in today’s match.
Chypyha and Burich fell short, 8-2, to No. 15th-ranked doubles team of Brooke Bolender and Emina Bektas in No. 1 doubles.
At No. 2 doubles, Tripolskaya and Patel also fell to the No. 79th-ranked doubles team of Sarah Lee and Amy Zhu, 8-1.
The No. 3 doubles match went unfinished with the Wolverines’ Ronit Yurovsky and Annie Wierda leading the Badgers Bailey and Rider, 6-2.
Chypyha fell short, 6-2, 6-2, to No. 12th-ranked Emina Bektas in No. 1 singles.
In No. 6 singles, Bailey was defeated by Kristen Dodge, 6-0, 6-1.
Michigan then clinched the victory when Rider fell, 6-1, 6-1, to Amy Zhu who earned the Wolverines their fourth point.
At No. 4 singles, Patel was defeated by Brooke Bolender, 6-0, 6-1.
Shortly after, Burich fell to No. 121st-ranked Sarah Lee, 6-2, 6-4, in No. 3 singles.
Scouting the Badgers
Five players return from the 2012-13 season: Lauren Burich, Lauren Chypyha, Nova Patel, Anastasia Tripolskaya and Pernilla Wohlstrom. All of the returning players are sophomores this year.
The new additions to the team this season are freshman Sydney Rider and senior Becca Bailey, who is returning to team. In 2010 as a freshman, Bailey made the Badgers’ roster as a walk-on after an open tryout. Bailey chose not to compete that season, instead serving as team manager.
Wisconsin currently holds a 2-7 record in Big Ten play.
UW was able to capture 4-3 wins over Nebraska and No. 65 Iowa. The Badgers fell short to Minnesota, 4-3, No. 35 Indiana, 5-2, No. 46 Purdue, 5-2, Penn State, 4-3, No. 53 Ohio State, 6-1, No. 60 Michigan State, 6-1, and No. 14 Michigan, 6-1.
After last weekend, Nova Patel and Anastasia Tripolskaya lead the team in conference wins with a total of six.
Patel has beaten Aria Lambert of Minnesota, 6-1, 6-0, Ellen Silver of Iowa, 6-3, 6-3, Alecia Kauss of Indiana, 1-6, 6-2, 6-2, Nicole Robinson of Purdue, 6-2, 6-2, Taylor Shukow of Penn State, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, and Ferny Angeles Paz of Ohio State, 6-2, 4-6, 10-4.
Tripolskaya has won against Julia Courter of Minnesota, 6-0, 7-5, Lisa Andersson of Nebraska, 6-1, 7-5, Shelby Talcott of Iowa, 6-7, 6-1, 6-3, Carmen Sandor of Penn State, 3-6, 6-1, 7-5, Catherine Parenteau of Michigan State, 3-6, 6-4, 1-0, and No. 20 Ronit Yurovsky of Michigan, 0-6, 7-5, 1-0.
Chypyha suffered her first losses of the season, snapping a 13-game win streak and moving her record to 13-4 on the season. With a 5-4 Big Ten record, Chypyha has already surpassed last year’s total of four conference wins.
She has defeated Tereza Birchacova of Minnesota, 6-2, 6-4, Maggy Lehmicke of Nebraska, 6-1, 6-2, Ruth Seaborne of Iowa, 6-4, 6-1, Katie Klyczek of Indiana, 6-4, 6-4 and Daniela Vidal of Purdue, 6-1, 3-0, rtd.
Becca Bailey earned her second conference win over Lisa Petruzillo of Penn State, 6-0, 6-0. She has also won against Aimee Tarun of Iowa, 7-6, 0-6, 6-4.
Lauren Burich has won a conference match against Izabella Zgierska of Nebraska, 6-4, 0-6, 6-4.
Place Your Bets: The Chyps Are All In
After posting a 12-5 mark in the 2013 fall season, Chypyha opened the season ranked No. 19 in the ITA Midwest Regional rankings.
“This ranking means Lauren is being recognized as one of the top 20 players in our region, which is extremely competitive,” Samara said of the Midwest Region, which boasts nationally-ranked teams.
In the fall, she captured the Draw A championship of the 2013 Spartan Invitational in September posting a perfect 4-0 weekend.
This spring, Chypyha leads the Badgers with a dual record of 13-4.
On Feb. 14, Chypyha downed her first ranked opponent of the season when she knocked off No. 89-ranked Rebecca Shine of No. 63 Louisville, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. She then claimed her second ranked win on March 23 when she knocked off No. 88-ranked Ruth Seaborne of No. 65 Iowa, 6-4, 6-1.
Chypyha has also defeated Ana Pimienta (MU), 4-6, 6-2 (10-4) on Feb. 1, Nelle Youel (NIU), 6-2, 6-2, on Feb. 2, Diana Tokar (UWM), 6-1, 6-2, on Feb. 9, Jennie Hartjes (CU), 6-1, 6-0, on Feb. 22, Klavdija Rebol (DU), 6-0, 6-0, on Feb. 23, Patricia Fargas (DPU), 6-2, 6-3, on March 1, Tereza Brichacova (MINN), 6-2, 6-4, on March 2, Mariana Palacios (UIC), 6-1, 6-1, on March 8, Maggy Lehmicke (NU), 6-1, 6-2, on March 21, Katie Klyczek (IND), 6-4, 6-4, on March 28 and Daniela Vidal (PUR), 6-1, 3-0, rtd., on March 30.
Last year, Chypyha led the Badgers with 14 singles wins, including four wins in conference play.
Despite falling short in both of their matches last weekend, Anastasia Tripolskaya and Nova Patel still hold UW’s best doubles record this season of 6-4 in No. 2 doubles.
Last weekend, they were bested by Julianne Gruber and Emily Meyers of Michigan State, 8-3, and by the No. 79th-ranked doubles team of Sarah Lee and Amy Zhu, 8-1.
The two of them defeated Ana Pimienta and Vanessa Foltinger (MU), 8-4; Maris Rozo and Crsitina Alvarez (NIU), 6-4; Dana Shannon and Aerielle Pendleton (UWM), 8-4; Elle Stokes and Becky Bodine (LOU), 8-2; Veronica Lacerda and Keti Mebuke (UIC), 8-1 and Daniela Vidal and Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum (PUR), 8-7.
In No. 1 doubles, Lauren Chypyha and Lauren Burich, who lost both of their matches last weekend, now have a record of 2-5.
Chypyha and Burich fell to Marina Bohrer and Erin Faulkner of Michigan State, 8-2, and the No. 15th-ranked doubles team of Brooke Bolender and Emina Bektas, 8-2.
Together they defeated Mariana Palacios and Kathryn Sharples of UIC, 8-3 and the No. 69-ranked doubles team of Grainne O'Neill and Noelle Malley of Ohio State.
At No. 3 doubles was the pair Becca Bailey and Sydney Rider. The duo did not finish either of their matches last weekend keeping their record at 2-5.
Bailey and Rider claimed an 8-4 victory over Jana Knoppe and Natalia Kuvakina of UIC and an 8-2 win over Taylor Shukow and Lisa Petruzillo of Penn State.
Head Coach Tina Samara
Tina Samara is in her first season as the head women's tennis coach at Wisconsin after holding the same position at West Virginia since the 2010-11 season.
A two-time All-American at Georgia, Samara has 25 years of experience competing and coaching at the national, collegiate and professional levels. Samara spent five years competing and coaching on the USTA/WTA/LTA Pro tour before coaching stops at Colorado, Louisiana-Lafayette and West Virginia.
In three seasons as the head coach at West Virginia (2011-13), Samara led a rebuilding project and recruited two of the highest ranked players in school history. Samara joined the Mountaineers tennis program after spending the 2009 and 2010 seasons as the head coach at Louisiana-Lafayette, where she guided the team to the semifinal round of the 2010 Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
Samara also spent two seasons (2007-08) as the assistant women's tennis coach at Colorado. In her first season at CU, the team finished 16-8 overall, its best record since 1999, and went 9-2 in the Big 12 for a share of third place. The Buffaloes closed out the season ranked No. 37 nationally, the highest ranking in eight years.
Fall Season Review
Being new to Wisconsin, Samara used the fall season as an adjustment period for both herself and her team. With five fall tournaments – Minnesota Invitational, Spartan Invitational, Wildcat Invite, USTA/ITA Midwest Regional and Longhorn Invitational – the Badgers’ overall record for the fall was 43-34 in singles and 15-27 in doubles.
Leading the team was Chypyha, who went 12-5 and earned the No. 19 spot in the preseason ITA Midwest Regional rankings. Chypyha captured the Draw A championship of the 2013 Spartan Invitational in September by posting a perfect 4-0 weekend.
2013 Season Review
The all-freshman team, except for senior Hannah Berner, finished the season with a 5-18 record including a 3-8 mark in Big Ten play. Despite their 3-8 conference record, the Badgers managed to improve their final conference standing from a 10th place finish to tying for eighth place.
Big Ten in National Rankings
Eight of the 12 teams in the Big Ten were ranked in the latest ITA College Tennis Division I Poll, released on April 8.
Women’s Team Rankings
49. Ohio State
60. Michigan State
Wisconsin prepares to compete in the Big Ten Tournament on April 24 in Evanston, Ill.